First Love

November 29, 2012 No comments yet

There is no limit to the potential accomplishments of older people. Here are some actual ones: Michelangelo was still designing churches at age 88. Thomas Edison produced the practical telephone at 84. Benjamin Franklin helped in the writing of the United States Constitution when he was 81. And at age 100 Grandma Moses was still […]

The Right Time will be the Right Time

November 19, 2012 No comments yet

I have this funny attitude towards the Christmas season. On one hand I can’t wait for Christmas to get here, I love celebrating the birth of Jesus with the Christmas Eve service, watching the kids open their presents, being with family and eating lots of food. On the other hand, there’s a part of me […]

A Perspective on Prayer

November 8, 2012 No comments yet

James 5 13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered […]

Faith or Fear, it’s Your Choice

October 28, 2012 No comments yet

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. A teacher told Thomas Edison that he was too stupid to learn anything. Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he lacked imagination and had no original ideas. I often run into people who are down trodden because of past failures. It pains me […]

Clubhouse Rules

October 11, 2012 No comments yet

A group of children worked long and hard to make their own cardboard clubhouse where they could hang out, talk, laugh, play games, etc… They put a lot of thought into their “clubhouse rules” and in the end they came up with three insightful ones: Nobody act big. Nobody act small. Everybody act medium. Pretty […]

Slavery: For or Against?

October 4, 2012 No comments yet

Something intrinsically unique about the Bible is it’s ability to layout the ideals that God wants for his world and yet at the same time show how to live despite the fact that the ideal is not a current reality. Case in point, read the following passage from Timothy chapter six: All who are under […]

False Teachers/False Doctrine

September 26, 2012 No comments yet

On my way to the province of Macedonia, I advised you to stay in Ephesus. Well, I haven’t changed my mind. Stay right there on top of things so that the teaching stays on track. 1 Timothy 1:3 (The Message) Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must […]

Seasoning Every Season

September 17, 2012 No comments yet

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward […]

Wiped Clean

September 5, 2012 No comments yet

Colossians 2:13-14 What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus – Robert Lowry (1826-1899) God’s amazing mercy in washing away our sin through the death & resurrection of Jesus is vividly pictured by the Apostle Paul in Colossians 2:13-14. “You were dead because of your sins … Then God made you […]

Open During Renovations

August 24, 2012 No comments yet

Ephesians 2 Last year Lancaster City received a 10.5 millon dollar grant for renovations across the city. It’s interesting to watch a city over the years. Buildings may come and go but some are renovated and turned into something new. The Lancaster Arts Hotel is one such place. Originally, built in the 1880’s as a […]

Be Real – Warts and All

August 15, 2012 No comments yet

Warts and all…I like that expression. Accepting someone warts and all means taking them with all their beauty and blemishes, all their gifts and all their goofs. Like when the new lead pastor of Pequea Church messed up and said in first service on Sunday that that he was the new lead pastor of Cross […]

Business as Usual?

August 1, 2012 No comments yet

As I see some of the turmoil of Chick-Fil-A today I am impressed with Paul’s wisdom to the Corinthians: 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death […]

Loving One Another

July 25, 2012 No comments yet

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always […]

A Party of One

July 11, 2012 No comments yet

The first letter sent to the Corinthians is very interesting because in it Paul addresses a number of issues going on in the church. It allows us a picture of a diverse group of people trying to come together as a family in the name of Christ. In chapter three Paul addresses the fact that […]

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